English hospital has improved the lives of its preemie patients using crocheted octopus.
Poole Hospital in Dorset, England announced that its premature babies were seeing beneficial health effects from cuddling crocheted octopus.
“When they are asleep they hold onto the tentacles tightly,” said Kat Smith, who welcomed her twins at the hospital at 28 weeks. “Normally they would be in the womb and would play with the umbilical cord so the octopuses make them feel grounded and safe.”
Daniel Lockyer, matron of neonatal services at the hospital, said that parents were thrilled to see their babies finding comfort in the aquatic friends.
“Parents are already telling us their babies seem calmer with an octopi friend to keep them company so we’re looking forward to continuing with the project in the future,” Lockyer said.
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